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Lena Mary Calhoun Hayton (Horne)

Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York
Death: May 09, 2010 (92)
New York City, New York, United States (remains cremated.)
Place of Burial: New York, Kings, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edwin Fletcher Horne, Jr. and Edna Louise Horne
Wife of Lennie Hayton
Ex-wife of Louis Jordan Jones
Mother of Private and Teddy Jones

Occupation: Singer, dancer and actress, Ziegfeld Girl, 1930.Civil rights activist.
Managed by: Elyse Vahjen(c)
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About Lena Horne

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne's career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and theater. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of 16 and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood.

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was a singer, dancer, actress, and activist who had a wildly successful career as a nightclub performer and recording artist. She was one of the first African-Americans to sign a long-term movie contract with a major Hollywood studio when she joined MGM in 1942. Horne was also a noted stage actress, but her success in Hollywood was cut short because of her outspoken activism and African-American heritage.

She has recorded and performed extensively, independently and with other jazz notables, including Artie Shaw, Teddy Wilson, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnet, Benny Carter and Billy Eckstine.


  • That's Entertainment! III (16-Jun-1994) Herself
  • The Wiz (24-Oct-1978)
  • Death of a Gunfighter (25-Apr-1969)
  • Meet Me in Las Vegas (9-Mar-1956) Herself
  • Duchess of Idaho (14-Jul-1950) Herself
  • Words and Music (9-Dec-1948) Herself
  • Till the Clouds Roll By (5-Dec-1946)
  • Ziegfeld Follies (8-Apr-1946)
  • Two Girls and a Sailor (27-Apr-1944) Herself
  • Broadway Rhythm (19-Jan-1944)
  • Stormy Weather (17-Nov-1943)
  • Thousands Cheer (13-Sep-1943) Herself
  • I Dood It (Sep-1943) Herself
  • Cabin in the Sky (9-Apr-1943)
  • Panama Hattie (Sep-1942) Herself
  • The Bronze Venus (Jun-1938)

High School-entered 6/25/2017 by Elyse(Deutscher)Vahjen

According to the New York Times, in 1895, it was "the ambition of every Brooklyn girl... to enter the Girls' High School where she may enjoy the advantages of an advanced education and be prepared for college."[7] The girls were offered courses in Latin, Greek, German, French, botany, zoology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, physiology, psychology, algebra, geometry, calculus; ancient, medieval and modern history; economics, and classes in the "literary masterpieces, both American and English."[7] The article featured a large, detailed drawing of the building which was described as being "one of the finest, from an architectural point of view, in the country, and it is said not to be excelled for completeness of appointments anywhere.[7] the Mayor called it "the foremost institution of its kind in the world," and the Times asserted that "representatives of secondary schools in other cities of this country and in Europe... concurred" with the Mayor in that opinion.[7]

  • *Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who entered in the fall of 1939, remembered that students came to Girls' High from all parts of Brooklyn because the school was so "highly regarded." In her time, the school was "all girls, about half of them were white, but the neighborhood by now was nearly all black."[8]

Lena Horne*

  • ******* attended the "integrated" and "highly prestigious" high school a few years before Chisholm.[9]
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Lena Horne's Timeline

June 30, 1917
Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York
February 7, 1940
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
May 9, 2010
Age 92
New York City, New York, United States
The Evergreens Cemetery, New York, Kings, New York, United States